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    Oct. 27, 1997

    Notre Dame "B" Teams Compete at Central Collegiate Championships

    Irish Prepare for BIG EAST Championships

    Notre Dame, Ind.- The Notre Dame men's and women's B cross country teams competed at the Central Collegiate Championships on Friday, October 17. The men placed fifth while the women took home a sixth-place finish. Sophomore Sean McManus (Hernando, Fla.) led the men with a 20th-place finish as he ran to a time of 25:25, and Patti Rice (Mishawaka, Ind.) was the top finisher for the women as she placed 14th with a time of 18:31.

    BIG EAST Championships Preview. Notre Dame travels to Bronx, N.Y., to compete in the BIG EAST cross country championships on Friday, October 31. The women's race begins at 10:30 a.m. while the men's race begins at 11:10 a.m. Providence is the defending champions for both the men and the women. This figures to be a highly competitive meet as four women's and two men's teams are currently ranked in the top 25. On the men's side, Notre Dame will look to improve on last year's fourth place finish as the ninth-ranked Irish are the highest ranked team at the BIG EAST Championships. Senior All-American Jason Rexing (Pickerington, Ohio) is the top returnee from last year's championships and will look to improve on last year's second-place finish. Junior Antonio Arce (Palmdale, Calif.) and freshman Ryan Shay (Central Lake, Minn.) have consistently been the two top runners for the Irish and will look to lead the Irish to their first-ever BIG EAST championship after finishing third in 1995 and fourth in 1996.

    On the women's side, the Irish will look to surpass last year's fifth place finish. Sophomore All-American JoAnna Deeter (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) is the top returning finisher from last year's championships and has her eye on capturing first place after finishing a close second last year. Sophomore Alison Klemmer (Troy, Mich.) will compete in her first BIG EAST Championships and will look to continue her stellar season.

    Central Collegiate Championships Review: On the men's side, the Irish finished with 162 points, finishing behind Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Senior Mike Conway (Springfield, Va.) was the second Irish finisher as he came in right behind McManus in 21st place with a time of 25:28, and junior Ryan Blaney (Toms River, N.J.) ran well as he finished in 26th place with a time of 25:32.

    On the women's side, Notre Dame finished with 152 points, finishing behind Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Michigan State, Bradley, and Western Michigan. Senior Heidi Reichenbach (Plainfield, Ill.) came in second for the Irish and 19th overall with a time of 18:37, and sophomore Denise Bakula (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) just missed placing in the top 30 as she finished 32nd with a time of 19:00.

    NCAA MEN'S TOP 25
    October 20, 1997
    No. Team                Pts.
     1. Stanford (10)       394
     2. Arkansas (6)        389
     3. Michigan            367
     4. Colorado            349
     5. Oregon              327
     6. Wisconsin           320
     7. Michigan State      296
     8. North Carolina St.  294
     9. NOTRE DAME          243
    10. Washington State    240
    11. Eastern Michigan    212
    12. Weber State         182
    13. Oklahoma State      177
    14. Arizona             168
    15. Missouri            160
    16. Miami (Ohio)        158
    17. Georgetown          138
    18. Washington          120
    19. William & Mary      106
    20. BYU                  81
    21. North Carolina       64
    22. UCLA                 54
    23. Iona                 51
    24. Minnesota            41
    25. Princeton            40
    
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    NCAA WOMEN'S TOP 25
    October 14, 1997
    
    No. Team                Pts.
     1. Stanford (9)        225
     2. BYU                 215
     3. Wisconsin           208
     4. Oregon              194
     5T.Providence          184
     5T Colorado            184
     7. Villanova           173
     8. Arkansas            159
     9. North Carolina St.  155
    10. Dartmouth           147
    11. Georgetown          126
    12. North Carolina      120
    13. William & Mary      111
    14. Michigan            109
    15. Boston College       90
    16. Colorado State       89
    17. Nebraska             76
    18. Florida              74
    19. Weber  State         51
    20. UCLA                 49
    21. Northern Arizona     37
    22. Washington           28
    23. Coastal Carolina     26
    24. Marquette            20
    25. Baylor               19  
        
    

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